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A turkey burger with lettuce, cheese and tomato.

Juicy Turkey Burger

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Freeze Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Juicy Turkey Burger – a delicious, easy turkey burger recipe that is packed with flavor and so JUICY! Perfect for summer!




  • 1 lb ground turkey*
  • 1/4 cup white onion, grated
  • 23 tablespoons frozen butter, grated**
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • (optional) sliced American cheese (regular or dairy-free)



  1. Ensure grill grates are clean and heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place a cheese grater on top of 2-3 pieces of paper towel. Grate the white onion on top of the paper towel. Use the paper towel to gently squeeze out as much of the excess moisture from the onion. Set aside.
  3. Use the same cheese grater to shred the frozen butter (if using).
  4. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, grated white onion, grated butter, garlic, worcestershire, mayo, dijon, lemon zest, liquid smoke and parmesan cheese.
  5. Fully combine. 
  6. Prepare a small parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Divide mixture into 4 equal patties about 1/2-3/4 inches thick on the cookie sheet.  Press down in the middle with your thumb to create an indent.
  8. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes (this ensures it will be easy for you to lift them off the cookie sheet and they will hold their shape on the grill).
  9. Season the top generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. 
  10. Take a piece of paper towel and put a little olive oil on it – hold it with a pair of tongs and rub the olive oil on the hot grill carefully. 
  11. Place burgers on the grill over direct heat and close the lid. 
  12. Let cook 5-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160 degrees F. internal temperature. 
  13. If using cheese, place on top during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. 
  14. Remove and let rest 5-10 minutes.  The burgers will continue cooking as they rest and internal temp will continue rising to 165 degrees F. 
  15. To build burger: place a piece of lettuce on top of the bottom bun. Follow with burger sauce, turkey burger, red onion, tomato and top bun. 
  16. Enjoy! 


  • *Ground Turkey – I recommend buying the least lean option possible. 
  • **Frozen Butter – if you are looking to really keep these turkey burgers lean, you can definitely omit the butter BUT if you are just looking for a juicy turkey burger then definitely include this step! 
  • Internal Temp: the internal temp of ground turkey needs to reach 165 degrees F. in order to be safe to eat. 
  • Make ahead: feel free to make the patties the day before. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  • Freeze: to make these ahead and freeze simply make patties and then place a piece of parchment between them as you stack. Place in a freezer-safe bag, label and place in freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight and then grill according to the instructions above.